Seekerville. I can't even remember just what the post was all about now, something to do with too many characters or secondary characters in a novel. They asked for our personal opinion and me, in my foolish naivete said: I prefer secondary characters that are like cardboard cutouts. A prop for the main character.
Yes, it was in print and I, a-hem, hope and pray that comment does not come back to bite me.
So today I bursting my own myth (and maybe yours too) that secondary characters are cardboard cutouts.
You have to think of their relationship. What role do you want this secondary character to play? A bully? A close friend? A co-worker? The pastor of the local church? Each of these characters have to have a reason to be in the story. They have to move it forward in some way.